About Us

Wills Trust & Probate

Our Firm Handles Legal Matters in the Areas of Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts & Probate Litigation

Zenith Law Group is a respected law firm advocating for clients in Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts and Probate Litigation cases. Based in Kirkland, we are familiar with the courts throughout all of Washington. Our attorneys have the necessary skill to help you resolve your legal problem. No matter what your case involves, we are focused on your success. Please read our profiles to learn more about our professional backgrounds.

Zenith Law Group has a thorough understanding of Washington law. Our lawyers work hard to help you get the best possible results in the following practice areas:

• Estate Planning: We handle Washington estate planning matters involving tax issues, guardianships, wills, trusts and more. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to protecting the financial security and well-being of you and your family.
• Wills & Trusts: Our experienced attorneys helps clients in estate planning matters involving taxes, guardianships, living wills, living trusts and wills. We provide effective representation and reliable advice on all aspects of wills and trusts law.
• Probate Litigation: If you suspect that a will or trust does not reflect the wishes of the deceased, you have a right to challenge the proceedings in court. Our firm's lawyers have the necessary experience to represent you in probate and trust litigation.
• Guardianships & Conservatorships: When devising your estate plan, the care of your minor child, incapacitated parent or disabled adult child is likely your priority. Our attorneys can provide you with sound advice and professional assistance with crucial decisions about the financial support, protection, conservatorship and guardianship of your dependents.

When you retain the services of Zenith Law Group, you can be assured that your attorney is fully qualified to take on your case.

Fern Herbert, Managing Attorney

I am originally from the island of Jamaica, and I immigrated to the United States in 1981 at the age of 15. I attended college and law school here in the State of Washington, achieving my Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law in 1998. I joined the Washington State Bar in 1999, and have been practicing law in the greater Seattle area since that time.

For many years, I had a solo law practice. In February of 2018, I purchased the long-standing Kirkland firm of Berkey Kooistra. We represent clients in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Probate, Guardianships, and Adoptions. In the matters of asset protection, I set up entities such as trusts and corporate structures for clients, providing analysis of tax and jurisdictional advantages for various structures.

I have been an adjunct instructor at Bellevue College and Edmonds Community College in Law and Political Science. I provided coaching for a national Fredrick Douglass Moot Court competition team, which is among the most prestigious competitions available to law students. The competition topics revolved around promoting knowledge and awareness of issues affecting the achievement of a more equitable society, and my teaching style involves helping students learn how to blend disciplines through real life application, researching current affairs, and learning how to defend and debate social issues using the law and legal reasoning.

I volunteer for the King County Bar Neighborhood Clinic Volunteer, providing legal advice and referrals to middle, and low-income families. My clients’ needs revolve around a variety of every day civil matters: divorce, parenting plans, child support, child custody, landlord tenant disputes, bankruptcy, credit/debt management.

I live in Snohomish County with my family. My hobbies involve reading legal and political intrigue novels, swimming, dancing, and weight lifting.